Newcastle Hope To Move Ranger And Xisco Out This Summer

With Newcastle hoping to bring in young Dutch International striker Luuk de Jong to Tyneside as the fourth striker, there seems no room for both Leon Best and 21 year-old Nile Ranger any longer.

Nile Ranger – two Championship clubs interested

Nile has blotted his copy book more than once since he arrived from Southampton in the summer of 2008, but he signed a new long term contract in October of 2010, and that may be one reason Newcastle will find it tough to move him out anytime soon.

Leon Best is interesting Glasgow Celtic, but with the troubles that Rangers are currently having, Leon may be thinking twice about joining the SPL.

And if  Rangers are not part of the Scottish Premier League next season, what competition will Celtic have, and how good will the SPL be?

The two answers are very little and not very good.

And it’s hardly surprising that players like Fraser Forster and Leon Best, are maybe having second thoughts,  and possibly delaying any move north of the border, until the Rangers situation clears up.

There seems two Championship clubs willing to take Nile Ranger, and he could probably be sent on loan for a season, if Newcastle cannot do an outright transfer for the young London striker.

The Daily Star is reporting that  two Yorkshire clubs, Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday want him,  and of course Nile was on loan at Wednesday for the second half of last season, and scored two goals in 8 appearances for the Owls.

Nile is still getting himself into trouble it seems, and over the weekend Ranger was rushed to the hospital with a 12 inch cut on his arm, after he had said he fell during a night out, and that wound required 21 stitches.

And of course Nile Ranger is currently on bail and facing an upcoming trial for assault on two people and also assault on two police officers (that was a bad idea).

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones  is reported to be trying get the England U19 International back to Hillsborough on a permanent deal, and maybe as little as £1M would get him, but his wages could be the problem.

Xisco while on Tyneside – still getting £50K/week

Nile Ranger may become like Xisco, who earns £50K/week at Newcastle still, and the club for the past three summers have been unable to unload him permanently from the wage bill on Tyneside.

Let’s hope we can move these two strikers out this summer on a permanent basis, but on July 5th we’ll have both of them reporting to Newcastle’s pre-season.

So we’ll see Xisco again, as we do every summer, and no doubt Newcastle will hope that newly promoted Spanish club Deportivo will buy him permanently, but we are not going to hold our breath on that one.

Xisco has been on loan at his former club Deportivo for the last eighteen months or so, and he has played only 9 times for the Magpies with one goal, in his first game at home to Hull City back in September of 2008.

And Hull City are now managed by former Sunderland manager – Geordie Steve Bruce.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    financial fair play is as good as non existant. you think the rich clubs care? its just there in place for show. the rich clubs are too powerful that if they were kicked out from major tournaments its going to hurt badly for all the respective organizations.

    imagine champions league without Barcelona, City, Madrid, PSG.
    without the crowd pulling power of these big teams you all really think the champions league will still be running?

    LOL! about time we woke up and smelled the coffee that this financial fair play is just hot air.

  • gazza85

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    I know Ranger has a long time left on his contract but can we not just sit Xisco down and terminate him mutually…. cut our losses as we’re not gonna be able sell him anyway.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Cisse, De Jong, Best… We need another cheap striker.. Ba will be away as will Ranger and Xisco..and if Best leaves aswell that leaves only 2 strikers we need 3 good strikers and 1 striker capable of being back up

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4


    you forgot Ameobi

  • Rowan Milsted

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    God only knows why we gave Ranger such a bumper contract with his reputation, it could be quite hard to shift him now. He’ll probably end up in never-ending loan limbo like Xisco. Of course, there is always the chance that somewhere down the line he’ll grow up and start concentrating on his football. After all, he does have some talent – albeit raw talent – but he could have improved significantly by now had he not got in to so much trouble. Maybe we could loan him out for the next couple of seasons and who knows, if he grows up and comes good we can keep him.

    As for Xisco, well, it’s just embarrassing now. I actually feel quite sorry for him. I agree with gazza85, we should just rip that contract up and cut our losses.

  • Toon_Jock

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Xisco, played 9 times with one goal since September of 2008 & gets 50K a week = SHOCKING

  • Wor Shearer

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7


    Totally agree that the Financial Fair Play rules will be as effective as p**sing on a wild fire.

    The image is definitely one big factor as is the fact that the richest clubs will just pay off any debt the day before any deadline passes. The ‘medium-wealth’ clubs (us, Everton, Fulham etc.) may struggle as they have to be self-sufficient because they don’t have unlimited funds.

    (The smaller clubs won’t be hurt because either they won’t be competing in Europe or their expenditure is so small that it won’t matter. )

  • petey

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    With the money from made from those two do you think we could ask sao paulo kindly for a discount price on this guy? (a huge discount granted)
    (i had too mute youtube though)

    That video was pure enjoyment.

  • markmac

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    @ 6 yeh and we all know who we have to thank for that dont we!

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10

    We need to keep hold of Ba and sign Vertonghen/Aldereweild, Anita/Diame, Marvin Martin and a striker like Steven Fletcher.

    I’d be happy if we secured the signings of De Jong and Debuchy.

  • Lee Dodd

    Jun 19, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Nile Ranger Has Had His Chance Time and Time Again. Its Time To Ship Out Son We Dont Want You Anymore. The Xisco Situation has Carried On For to Long he Needs To be Told To get Out Now as He is Just Taking The Mick !!!!! We have the Chance to Be a Majer Force to Be Recconed With this Next Season Coming New Faces Required. At Least We got shot of Alan Smith !!!!!

  • Minato

    Jun 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #12

    If you were making 50k a week to do nothing.. Would you rip the contract up mutually?


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